Friday, December 17, 2010

Tea Party Caucus formed in Texas State Senate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature will have a new caucus when they convene in January: the Tea Party Caucus.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R- Houston, said Thursday that he had formed the caucus, which is made up of 50 House members and two senators.

To be a member, Patrick said legislators must agree to uphold the principles of limited government, lower taxes and "defend the sovereignty of Texas." Members also are required to sign and support the Texas Conservative Coalition Pledge with Texas.